Madison County Sheriff’s Office: Lexington Man Threatens, Assaults Officer

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A Lexington man is behind bars in Madison County, following a non-injury collision which happened on Cane Springs Road over the weekend.

A Madison County Sheriff’s Deputy was dispatched to investigate the reported accident, and upon their arrival they encountered 36 year-old Gregory Skidmore. Skidmore explained to the officer that he was attempting to drive his pickup truck through the creek before the vehicle became stuck in the ditch.

While speaking with Skidmore, police detected an odor of alcohol on his person, leading to an inquiry. Skidmore reportedly told officers that he had previously consumed eight beers, in addition to smoking marijuana. Following several sobriety tests, the deputy concluded that Skidmore was intoxicated and placed him under arrest.

Upon being placed in the police cruiser, police say that Skidmore began being belligerent and ramming his head into the safety barrier inside the car. According to the arrest citation, Skidmore threatened the officer, saying that he was going to “snap [their] neck off” following his release from jail.

Once the deputy arrived at the jail, several other officers had to restrain Skidmore as he allegedly became combative towards staff members. Skidmore was placed back into the cruiser before being taken to a local hospital for medical treatment. Further reading of the citation indicates that Skidmore was once again being aggressive towards officials. Police say that he kicked a deputy in the chest area during this struggle.

According to authorities, Skidmore stated that he was a racist and refused medical treatment from the doctor “because he was black”.

Skidmore was lodged in the Madison County Detention Center and charged with 3rd Degree Terroristic Threatening, Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence, 1st Degree Disorderly Conduct, Menacing, and 3rd Degree Assault (Police Officer).